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More Than Just Gay Clubs

Most people are aware of the popularity of gay clubs, and how they seem to be the go-to spots for any interaction between LGBTQA+ people. It has almost reached the point of becoming a stereotype; clubs are just where all of the gays hang out. In a sense that is true, but from that stems a bigger issue. There are no casual locations for LGBT people in that community to hang out. The only places that cater to them are bars or clubs, both of which exclude younger members of the community and are often inherently sexual. It is not an appropriate place to really make friends or for people under the age of 18 to become more involved with the community. With clubs, it is hard for LGBT people to connect with those who are going through similar life experiences as they are.

The simplest solution to this is to create spaces for members of the LGBTQA+ community that are more casual and not a part of the bar/club scene. Though it is a bit of a cliché, coffee shops aimed towards LGBT people would be a good starting point. It provides a calm and casual place for people from the community to meet up and hang out. Younger members of the community could also be involved without fear of predatory behavior or overt sexual tones being an issue.

People in the LGBTQA+ community often feel the need to hide or avoid talking about their identity. They can feel isolated from the people around them and the community they belong to. Locations that cater to LBGT people can provide a sense of belonging and ease the burden of having to watch how you act and what you say around people you do not know. They often have to guard their actions and words around strangers for fear of discrimination, but in locations that are more casual and designed for LGBTQA+, they can relax and they do not need to hold their breath in anxiety.

 

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Why Getting Involved In Extracurricular Activities Is Beneficial

When you get to college, advertisements for joining clubs and societies will be everywhere and there will be multiple club fairs you can attend. Some people might blow off opportunities and fairs that shed some light on these organizations but that is a poor choice especially when coming somewhere new like college. Joining a club or society of some sort can be one of the most beneficial things you do while you’re at college. You never know until you try and you’ll only regret it if you don’t.

An extra curricular you can sign up for is writing for RU Whim! Graphic by Katie Gibson
An extra curricular you can sign up for is writing for RU Whim! Graphic by Katie Gibson

I didn’t join any clubs my freshman year because I figured I didn’t need to and all I had to worry about was my schoolwork. I didn’t understand that extracurriculars look really good on a resume to future employers and to anyone such as graduate school or law school or whatever else you plan to do after your 4 years of undergraduate studies.

At the beginning of my junior year I finally started getting involved with my university and I really enjoyed everything I started becoming a part of. I made new friends, had new tasks to accomplish, and different things to add to my schedule instead of just going to class and the same old thing every day of every week.

I strongly encourage any incoming freshman, transfers, or anyone who hasn’t joined any extracurricular or club to at least attempt to look into something you are interested in. I think it could have a positive effect on your life and change up your everyday routine. It’d be something new and exciting and something you are interested in. That being said, you would also be meeting a whole group of people that are interested in exactly, or very similar to, what you’re interested in. It’s a great way to get involved with your university, make new friends, and create new experiences and opportunities for yourself.

Brrr! It’s cold out there

The phenomenon has lasted since the beginning of my middle school career. The winter is coming to an end and there’s that one random day of warmth. The temperature has somehow skyrocketed from 20 degrees or less up to a roaring 65! People tend to freak out when this happens. They see the glimmer of hope that all of this is going to be over. The cold is going away! No more snow!

However, this is just a fluke;the cold comes back full force later that week, or worse, the very next day. Now 65 degrees really isn’t even that warm-in my humble opinion-but that doesn’t stop us. Students break out their summer dresses and shorts, attempting a bizarre ritual where we try to force the cold season to end by sheer willpower. This happens every year, without fail.

People try so hard to force a new season to begin and move on to something else. We know we can’t though. We have to take things one day at a time and let them run their course. You should really enjoy each season, one at a time. For one thing, you catch colds and have them spread across campus when you don’t dress appropriately for the weather. Also, you’re rushing through your college career.

snowEven though college is a trying and stressful time for a lot of people, it’s also an experience that will impact you and your choices for the rest of your life. You can’t simply skip that. Take everything one day at a time and get as much as you can out of this before you’re on your own in the big bad world. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have graduated and be responsible for taking care of yourself and building a career.

There are just so many things you can do in college to maximize your experience. Even if you feel like your workload is large, clubs can be a lifesaver, an oasis. Clubs can provide the mental break from all of the homework and planning that you are constantly busy with. Clubs can also provide you with connections and strong friendships that can help you later on in life.

Winter club fair: The roaring location

I have been leader of the Board Gaming Club here at Radford since I founded it two years ago. In those two years, I have run our table at both the fall and winter club fairs. However, this year’s winter club fair seemed less successful.

In the years I have been involved, I have noticed winter club fair has never drawn nearly as much attention as the fall club fair . This could be because of a variety of factors (lack of interest, less club involvement, less advertising) but this year, location played a huge part in the poor turn-out.

Last year, the winter club fair was hosted in the Bonnie. This year, it was hosted in the new Fitness Center. Although this new venue created more space for more club involvement, there were still a fair amount of empty tables there. More clubs could have participated, but for whatever reason, they didn’t..

Robert Webb and Katie Gibson run the Board Game club table at club fair. Photo by Katie Gibson
Robert Webb and Katie Gibson run the Board Game club table at club fair. Photo by Katie Gibson

Despite this, the location caused more issues than last year in the Bonnie. It was in a basketball court within the lower level of the Fitness Center, which caused two major problems.

First, there was so much echo in the room that it quickly became very loud. The usual noisy chatter of club fair became a roar for the next two hours. I found myself having to yell to talk to anyone interested in the club, making communication difficult.

Unlike the Bonnie, which serves as a hot spot for students seeking food or entertainment, our location in the Fitness Center was less popular. In the past, a lot of interest in winter club fair was generated due to students stumbling upon us unknowingly, and staying once they saw all the interesting booths. This also allowed for many students with varying interests to find clubs that suited them. Unfortunately the bottom floor of the Fitness Center was out of the way, and mostly attracted the students who happened to be working out downstairs.

Winter club fair is never as visited as fall club fair, but this year clubs suffered. Board Gaming Club has never been as popular as other clubs, but we get more members every semester. Last winter club fair, the BGC got 31 new names on our email list. This year, we got 11. That is almost one-third the amount as we received last year.

Regardless, winter club fair serves as an opportunity for clubs to branch out to students who may share their interests. It’s an encouragement for students to be involved here at Radford, and a reminder that our school makes great efforts to support what we are interested in.

At the end of club fair, all the tables were given a survey on what we liked or didn’t like about this year’s club fair. I filled mine out, as did the other tables. Only time will tell if we end up in the same location for winter club fair 2016.

Come to RU’s next Club Fair!

A lot of students look forward to Radford University’s club fair, a semiannual campus event that occurs at the start of each semester featuring  on-campus organizations that invite the student body, new and old, to participate and enrich their social and academic lives in college.

Continue reading Come to RU’s next Club Fair!

RU Home for the Summer: Roanoke, Va.

I love Roanoke, but I can’t say it’s particularly interesting.

Roanoke is strange in that combines a dense population one normally associates with cities and a conspicuous lack of smog.

Roanoke isn’t the most beautiful place to live, but it’s not the ugliest. It’s not the least polluted, and it’s not the most polluted by any stretch of the imagination. Honestly, the appropriate word seems to be “boring.” You’re more likely to find a church than you are to find a decent bar or club to spend your weekends at, and while no one could call Roanoke a “sleepy” city, its energy cannot and will not rival metropolises like Chicago or Richmond. It’s a little middling — not an escape from anything, not a shot of adrenaline, just … normal. Boring. Continue reading RU Home for the Summer: Roanoke, Va.

Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

Did you know RU has an anime club?

Not many people do. It’s not widely advertised. That’s a pretty sad thing, because the Otakudon (or the “anime fan dojo”) is actually a pretty awesome club, if you’re into anime, or even if you aren’t. Here are five reasons you should try it out that have nothing to do with anime.

1.) You can get tons of volunteer hours by getting involved with the anime club.

How can you get volunteer hours from an anime club, you ask? The anime club participates in a lot of cultural events, like the Fair of Nations and the International Banquet. They do qualify for volunteer credit, depending on what you’re doing. You can contact the Anime Club’s sponsor for information about individual events. Continue reading Otakudon: 5 reasons you should try out RU’s anime club

Extra-Extra! Read all about why you should get involved!

Many Radford University students are rushing to finish earning a degree. When you add in work, family, friends, homework, group work and (sometimes) sleeping–there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Many students think that being a part of an extra-curricular activity just isn’t a pliable option. In my opinion, college students should find something on campus to get involved with, no matter how busy they are. Continue reading Extra-Extra! Read all about why you should get involved!

How to go back to school with a bang

You’ve bought your books. You’ve stocked up on dorm food, double-checked your class schedule and triple-checked your class schedule. Everything seems set for another semester at Radford University.

But why should you settle for going through the same routine you went through the previous semester? Spring is a time of blooming plant life, potential love and budding opportunities. Continue reading How to go back to school with a bang

What is the CSAT STEM Club?

Photo Courtesy of Megan O'Dowd.

The CSAT STEM Club stands for the College of Science and Technology in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. The club was established to bring together students from a variety of fields of study in the College of Science and Technology. It provides students with important information concerning internships, research opportunities, community service projects and study groups. CSAT STEM Club is an academic and social community.

This club has all the standard officer positions just like any other club on campus, but there is the added position of webmaster. The webmaster is in charge of maintaining and updating the club

Run run run, as fast as you can…

photo by Christopher Blake

One of Radford University’s up and coming clubs this year is the Running Club. This new organization offers group runs for everyone from beginners to intermediate and advanced runners.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, a handful of students and one faculty member gathered in front of Tyler Hall. Chatting energetically and looking ready for a refreshing run, there was no dread of physical activity in this group.

Vice president of the group, Christopher Blake, said that he enjoys running because it’s a good time to clear his head. He explained that the president, Chrissie Benton, decided to start the group when she noticed that many people run by themselves on RU’s campus and thought that it might be more fun to have people run together.

“The way I eat I’d be 600 pounds if I didn’t run,” Blake said.

For the time being, the club is focused on trying to gain new members and retain the current runners. Not only do they try to recruit students, but faculty and staff are also welcome to join. The goal is to try to get as many people as possible from every background to come out and enjoy themselves.

“We go slow enough that nobody gets left behind, because it’s no fun if you’re running by yourself,” club member Michael Sage said. “You don’t have to be the best to run with the club; even the advanced people aren’t crazy fast, so everyone should come out and run with us.”

The beginner runs usually last about 20 minutes and have been described as laid-back. It is not just straight running for the entire time. People will stop or slow down to catch their breath. Things become more difficult with the intermediate run, which tends to be about two miles and approximately 30 minutes. The advanced group will run somewhere in the neighborhood of four miles in 45 minutes.

Club member Jacob Fulmer said, “I think the more people that come out, the more fun it is for everyone.” Fulmer also mentioned that the club helps him run more than he usually does and allows him to meet more people who enjoy running.

“There is never a big group in one run. It averages about six or seven people per run,” Blake said.

Since there are several runs throughout the week, members are able to pick and choose times that are convenient for them. The largest group so far has been ten people.

They hosted any events, yet. However, club members have thought about getting members to do races and some community service. The biggest long-term goal for the club, aside from gaining members, is to someday hold their own race.

There are a few ways to find out when and where the club runs. They post fliers around campus and are on RU Involved. Also, they have a Facebook group called Runners Club at Radford University. The group’s Facebook page has 50 members for now, and they post their running group times and places in the events section.

Benton said, “I’m just happy that I’ve left something positive here at Radford. Being a junior, I know that my time here is winding down and soon I’ll be graduating. I want to see it grow and become bigger and better for the university and the students.”